Here are the faculty and staff activities for December 20, 2012.

Faculty and Staff Activities

Laurie B. Hanich, educational foundations, recently published an article, “Primary School Age Students’ Spontaneous Comments About Math Reveal Emerging Dispositions Linked to Later Mathematics Achievement” in Child Development Research with colleagues Michelle M. M. Mazzocco (University of Minnesota) and Maia Noeder (Case Western Reserve University).

Dr. Kazi Hossain, elementary & early childhood education, presented “Immigration Beyond Ellis Island” at the National Council for the Social Studies 92nd annual conference, which took place in Seattle from November 15-18.

Dr. M. P. A. Sheaffer, English, sang as an alto ringer in the Richmond Hill Sacred Music Chorale’s Christmas concert in Queens, N.Y., on December 9, which featured the “Nicolai Mass” of Franz Josef Haydn and “A Christmas Card,” the latter a selection of Christmas carols especially arranged for choirs.

Drs. Philip Tacka and Micheál Houlahan, music, had their chapter “From Sound to Symbol: A New Pitch for Developing Aural Awareness” published in Sound Musicianship: Understanding the Crafts of Music (Great Brittain: Cambridge Scholars Publishing). The volume “Provides a cutting-edge dissection on the nature and application of musicianship within contemporary musical practice. The line-up of expert authors from many varied backgrounds is simply amazing, as is the rainbow of topics addressed,” said Gary McPhearson, Ormond Professor and Director, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

James Pannafino with his new book.

James Pannafino, art and design, recently published his second book, titled Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design and Digital Device Experiences Interdisciplinary Interaction Design. This book was written and designed by Pannafino with the help of Kate Whitecomb, Millersville art and design student, on the cover design. Pannafino’s first book, Common College Sense: The Visual Guide to Understanding Everyday Tasks for College Students, was published in the spring of 2010. For more information, or to order the book, visit the Interdisciplinary Interaction Design website.


Dr. Karl E. Moyer, professor emeritus of music, played a recital on the new organ in Christ Episcopal Church, Eureka Calif., which he helped to design several years ago. Taking place on November 25, Christ the King Sunday, the close of the Church Year, each piece dealt with a specific season of the liturgical calendar, preceded by a brief meditation on the season in question at the moment. The music was also selected to portray the organ’s ability to interpret many different styles of organ repertoire.


Grace M. (Alexander) Foutz, 96, died December 4. She had worked at Millersville University, where she sold books.

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